EURASIAN COUNTRIES CONSIDER RUSSIA THEIR BEST FRIEND

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MOSCOW, October 12 (RIA Novosti) - People living on the post-Soviet space consider Russia their best friend in the Eurasian region. This is a result of the poll conducted by the ROMIR (Russia's Public Opinion and Market Research) independent research holding within the framework of the Monitoring Eurasia project.

According to the poll, 41% of the polled consider Russia their best friend on Eurasian territory, ROMIR general director Andrei Milekhin said at a RIA Novosti press conference.

The Unites States is in second place, 14%. Meanwhile, about 30% of the polled are much concerned about the U.S. policy as regards their countries, Mr. Milekhin added.

As for confidence in public institutions is concerned, the President is in second place. About 26% of people trust the head of state. The same number of the polled does not trust public institutions. In Russia this amount is 3.36%.

"The main purpose of the Monitoring Eurasia project is to reveal peculiar and common features in people's moods and assessments in Eurasian countries and their readiness for rapprochement," Andrei Milekhin noted.

The representative poll was conducted in 14 Eurasian countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, and others. 600-1,500 people were polled in each country.

The poll focused on key problems of society, Eurasian integration, economic migration and international terrorism.

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